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Osip Mandel’stam

Osip Mandelstam – La vita frivola ci rende dissennati / We went out of our minds with the easy life

Edward Hopper, Nighthawks, 1942 We went out of our minds with the easy life,  wine from morning on, hungover by evening,  how can I keep this idle gaiety,  your blush, O drunken plague? An agonizing ceremony in a handshake,  nocturnal kisses on the streets,  while the currents of speech grow heavy, and lanterns burn like …

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Osip Mandelstam – Silentium

Giuseppe Cesari (Cavalier d’Arpino), St. Cecilia, c. 1630 May my lips rehearse  the primordial silence,  like a note of crystal clearness,  sounding, pure from birth! Ritrovino le mie labbra, recuperino  la mutezza lontana, primordiale,  simile a una nota di cristallo  che vibra, fin dal suo nascere, pura. Go back to album – O. Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam – Irreparabile è questa notte / This night is irredeemable

Zdzislaw Beksinski, In hoc signo vinces, c. 2000 This night is irredeemable. Where you are, it is still bright. At the gates of Jerusalem,  a black sun is alight. The yellow sun is hurting,  sleep, baby, sleep. The Jews in the Temple’s burning  buried my mother deep. Without rabbi, without blessing,  over her ashes, there, …

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Osip Mandelstam – Non sono ancora morto / I’m still alive

Victor Borisov-Musatov, Slumber divine, 1904 I’m still alive: I’m still not alone,  with a beggar-woman beside me  I take delight in the huge empty zone,  the haze, the blizzards, and the freeze. In beautiful poverty, luxurious distress,  living alone – consoled, and quietly –  these days, these nights, are blessed,  and innocent labour echoes sweetly. …

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